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Joe Johnson will be traded to the Nets.

The Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks have agreed to terms on a deal that will bring Joe Johnson to New York, sources told ESPN.com. The deal is contingent on Deron Williams agreeing to stay with the Nets. The Hawks, according to sources, would get Anthony Morrow; Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson (via sign-and-trade) and the Rockets' 2013 lottery protected first round pick. The Nets, in addition to Johnson, retain full $5 million mid-level exception (to sign Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic) and $1.95 million bi-annual exception to keep adding to their roster. Brooklyn would also keep MarShon Brooks and free agent Gerald Green, while convincing Atlanta to take a first-round pick (via Houston), in this deal, sources said. http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/8124182/brooklyn-nets-land-joe-johnson-trade-atlanta-hawks-sources-say ALSO: HA HA HA Dwight Howard HA HA HA.

Pau Gasol for Deron Williams (& Johan Petro)


Everybody wins, even in the trade machine! The Lakers need a point guard desperately. Deron Williams is among the league’s best, and he would instantly make the life of every Laker easier. (Quick tangent: Is there anything more likely to convince Chris Paul to stay on the Clippers than Deron Williams playing for the Lakers?) The Nets are in a very dark place, and things will get even worse if Deron Williams walks for nothing this summer. After giving up the house, the car and the shirts off their backs in the trade before the deadline last year, the roster would be barren after the straight subtraction of Williams. Deron doesn’t want to continue playing with that roster, and the front office pulling off a move for another star to pair with Williams appears out of the question. Gasol should have 4-5 years left as one of the most skilled offensive big men in the league. For the Nets’ purposes, he’s a valuable trade chip who could be flipped for multiple young assets in the off-season. The Lakers seem to believe Bynum will squash the injury bug and anchor the team for the remainder of the decade. Thus, thanks to Jim Buss’ (seemingly irrational) confidence in Bynum (and of course the team’s current struggles/Gasol’s recurring playoff disappearing act) Pau has become dispensable. With Williams handling point guard duties (instead of Steve Blake and Derek Fisher) Bynum’s scoring and field goal percentage would undoubtedly see a bump, cementing his position opposite Dwight Howard as one of the league’s two elite centers. Here’s where it gets really interesting. With the Williams deal complete, the Lakers would again become the front runners for Howard. (For those of you who haven’t been paying attention to the Howard trade-saga, Dwight wants to play with Deron Williams. Dwight isn’t sold on playing with the current Lakers roster for the next half-decade. Dwight doesn’t want to appear to follow in Shaq’s footsteps.) Let’s say Dwight isn’t moved before the deadline, but he sees Deron go to the Lakers. You think he wouldn’t be tempted? Orlando would surely be open to a package of Bynum and draft considerations, clearly a huge upgrade over any of their alternatives. Williams-Bryant-Howard anyone? Check out other "Sources Should Say" pieces on Amar’e Stoudemire, Jose Calderon, Steve Nash, Josh Smith, Michael Beasley and DeMarcus Cousins.

Celtics looking to deal point guard Rondo for Hornets star Paul

When ESPN.com reported on Tuesday that the Celtics would be willing to trade point guard Rajon Rondo for the right player, it surprised anyone who had seen the sixth-year player's mastery of the team's system in recent years. But according to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation, Boston general manager Danny Ainge is highly motivated to land an even better point guard than the one who led the Celtics to a championship in 2008 and an average of 58.5 wins in the last four seasons: New Orleans' Chris Paul. Ainge, the sources say, has recently discussed trading Rondo in a deal that nets Paul, but the Hornets don't appear interested in a two-team deal in which Rondo -- who has four years worth approximately $46 million left on his contract -- and Paul would switch places. So Ainge has been on the prowl for a third team that could provide the sort of young pieces Hornets general manager Dell Demps would covet as part of his possible rebuilding plan. The more pressing question, of course, is whether Paul, who can become a free agent after this season, would consider signing an extension with Boston. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/sam_amick/11/29/chris.paul.celtics/index.html

Cavalier Fans Are Having Fun


.....with the ESPN.com trade machine. Some All of these suggestions are absolutely nutzo.

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